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Potbellied Pigs

Potbellied Pigs

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by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
The authors have added another "Cool Pet!" book to the "Far-Out and Unusual Pets" series. This is an informative guide for new pet owners as well as a brief history of potbellied pigs in the United States. Potbellied pigs are miniature pigs that reach no more than 150 pounds. Some dogs weigh more than a potbelly. Potbellies were kept as pets as long as 8,000 years ago. In the 1950s, Vietnamese potbellies were brought to Europe; they reached North America in the 1980s. They soon became popular pets. As with other pets, potbellied pigs need certain care. As they grow bigger, they may need special housing, although they like to be around people and can live happily in family homes. They can also be trained to use litter boxes. Potbellies, like all animals, can get bored; if left unattended in a home, they can cause damage. Potbellies also like to sleep with piles of pillows or comforters. In warm weather, they enjoy cooling down in a pool of mud. Potbellies love to eat and will look everywhere for food. They like leafy greens and vegetables and fruits, although they can be fed a special pig food. These pigs can also learn to do tricks. They live about fifteen years. They are certainly a different kind of pet, but can offer companionship and enjoyment for many years. Color photographs, sidebars, a glossary, and lists of related books and web sites are included. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2�5—This series offers detailed information on pets ranging from uncommon to truly exotic. Although the tone of the writing can be condescending ("Let's learn what you need to do…"), a wealth of information is provided on caring for these creatures. Readers looking for details on history or life in the wild, however, will be largely disappointed. Long blocks of text are broken up by photographs and cartoons or sidebars, sometimes in awkward places. A sometimes-annotated list of websites includes general interest links specific to the pet, though some are personal sites or bad links. While these books are not ideal, they will do the trick for libraries requiring a larger variety of pet books.

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Far-Out and Unusual Pets
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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Potbellied Pigs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad! I understand it, but you should work a bit on spelling and grammar. It makes the story a bit hard to follow, but I like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good i like it its very creative but a bit confusing keep up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GHOST...<p>i walked in the barn with a bag in my hand. Im he-AHHHHHH!! i shouted as a tiger jumped on me. An eagle flew from the hay loft. BRECKFAST she called as she changed into a human. She was eleven. And about my hight. She had green eyes and short brown hair that always smelled like coconuts. She had a red shirt with a sticker on the middle of the chest. She had sweatpants to. Red and black. The tiger snatched the bag and turned human, as a walrus came flopping in. Where you been asked the walrus. Eating i said with my eyes squinted. And i diddnt bring tuna so you might want to change. Ha ha she replied and changed to a human. She was probebly the fastest. The tiger was a boy of eleven. He had a mix of light brown and very faint red hair. He had a blue hoody with a sticker in the same place as the eagle. He had jeans and sandles. The walrus was skinny. How i dont know. She had sholder length blonde hair. And those jokes about blondes? Well, none if those are her. She had a green t-shirt with the same sticker. She had jeans toatally ripped up on one leg and just ripped on the knee on the other leg. She had green high nike tops. And yes. Im keeping hibrids in an old abandond barn. They all sat on a bail of hay. The walrus nodded towards another one. Pull it over she said. There was a large bail in the center. It had a circular peice of wood over it. The table. The tiger was polite. Eagle was not as but better then...the walrus. Hey ty asked the eagle what isit? The tiger sniffed hashbrown. Sausage biscut. He turned to the walrus. She was suddenly alert. What? What did i do? Ty growled. Nothing. Thats the problem. Down boy. I said jokingly. Wal. Your foots tiping the table i told her. Oh she said. Ok. She moved her foot. I spread the food out on the wood. Table i mean. Everybody grabed what they wanted. Then they ate. Noisily. Like they haddnt eaten for days. I that back. They actualy hadnt.